Well the good news is I’m about to leave lab. The bad news, well you can see the time of this post.
I managed to sneak out for dinner with the family and a short run. It was great no watch, no Garmin, just a hat, shorts, and shoes. Exactly what summer running should be. It felt good. I would say I went a brisk pace but the important thing is that it was relaxing.
I have to thank Sasha for that kind and motivational e-mail. I received it right at the low point of my day and it helped turn my attitude around. Part of my problem was that as soon as I could run any mileage again I expected to be back. Then when I hit the track the last few weeks and hit the 400s and 200s in the times I was, I felt that I was fully back. However, with the crazy hours I’ve been working the last two weeks it is no wonder I can’t maintain pace. Unfortunately, this workload is most likely going to continue through July 16th, when my next grant is do. Wish me luck.
As far as the “work” related questions go from Sasha. RER is a good measure for substrate utilization people in the lab and around use it routinely. I do not know the answer to the second part of your question as I was trained as a molecular biologist and don’t fully understand the physiology behind sports science methodology. However, I do have some friends in that department and I have passed along the rest of your questions. I do measure glycogen routinely and unfortunately you need muscle. I can’t think of a non-invasive measure but if I come across one I will surely pass it along.
Good night (morning)